Septic Tanks Care

Posted: March 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
With all of this rain we’ve had lately, we’ve all been reminded of our septic systems. We don’t necessarily want to think about our septic systems, but when they fail us, we realize how much we take them for granted. Now that we all are reminded of how much we depend on a properly functioning septic, we should keep in mind some basic maintenance tips. When possible, and it hasn’t been possible lately, divert all excess water runoff away from your septic tank. Your gutters and down spouts should be directed away from your tank and your drain field. By allowing runoff to get into these areas we let the drain field become over saturated and then the system can’t properly treat the gray water it was meant to treat. Also, be sure all access lids and ports are sealed properly. If they are not, water can seep into the drain fields and tanks and overload your system. In pressure type systems, this can cause pumps to run constantly, wasting energy and money. Don’t flush anything other than waste and toilet tissues! This can be one of the most difficult rules to follow for many households. Septic systems are designed to treat organic matter only. Additionally, drain cleaner and some house hold cleaners can harm the needed bacteria in the tank which help with decomposition. But your septic system can be affected in the kitchen as well. In many cases the bacteria in septic systems can not dissolve undigested food solids. And, never pour grease or fat down the drain. Oils float on the water and can cause clogging and buildup.

As many of us have learned of late, a properly functioning septic system is imperative to a happy life. Take a few precautions and have a healthy septic system for years.

Swingsets and Jungle Gym Playgrounds for the Family

Posted: March 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you are currently in the market for a wooden swing set, one thing has probably become evident - these products bear no resemblance to the swing sets you grew up with. The models available today are less like an old-time swing set and more like a playground, complete with slides, ladders, forts, and more. With so many variations to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decision for your children.

To occupy the kids while the family is in the backyard – and to help children develop their co-ordination as well as giving them more physical exercise – parents are turning more to these outdoor playground sets.

These high quality, sophisticated, wooden ‘play systems’ are multifaceted devices that offer a variety of choices and options such as swings, gym rings, trapeze bars, gliders, spiral tube slides, monkey bars, gang planks and tree houses, just to mention a few. All options that assist your children's physical coordination development while being a lot of fun.

Generally speaking, outdoor wooden play systems are designed for children ages two and up. However, an infant swing can be used for children 8-12 months old. These sets are made to withstand all weather conditions and are easy to maintain – only requiring periodical staining or sealing of the wood.  

The Fireplace showcase carries Eastern Jungle Gym Swing Sets/Playgrounds and provides complete service including delivery and installation.

Beware of Pellets – Low cost may cost more

Posted: March 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Beware of Pellets ...Low priced wood pellets can sometimes cause unexpected problems with your pellet stove.  Or even worse.  Our service technicians have been sent out to service stoves with auger problems. Just a few items we have accumulated......nuts, bolts, crayons, small toys, a spoon, and fishing twine.  If you make the investment in a beautiful efficient pellet stove or insert don't skimp on the pellets. 

SAFELY Enjoy Your Beautiful New Fireplace

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Enjoy Your Beautiful New Fireplace – SAFLEY!   
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy….Year Round!
  • Maintain a clutter-free boundary around your fireplace.  To be safe, make it at least two foot “clutter free” zone.  
  • Keep your fireplace grate closed when in use.
  • Liquid accelerants (gasoline, lighter fluid) can be disastrous.  Never use them!
  • Have your fireplace chimney inspected annually by a qualified chimney service provider.  Consider doing this in the spring so your fireplace will be safely ready when you are.
  • Make your “Fireplace Owner’s Manual” a document that you actually READ.  Practice safety.


Posted: March 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, pain costs American businesses $100 billion annually in lost workdays, medical expenses and other benefits.  It’s no easier on the thousands of workers who remain home from their jobs every day due to debilitating neck and head pain resulting from migraine or tension headaches.  Many of these people are not just staying home and taking aspirin; but are in the fetal position in their closet. According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from headache pain severe enough to seek help from a physician and approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches causing an estimated loss of 157 million workdays.

Here’s a thought to chew on: the pain keeping you from work may be caused by your bite.  The basic problem is that the muscles of the face, head and neck have to close the jaws so that the teeth all touch together.  

“If teeth are missing, in the wrong place, or have had a lot of dental work over the years, they may force the jaws and muscles into a position that strains the system” explains Dr. Konstantin Ronkin of Canton, MA.  

Unfortunately this means that most adults are at risk for this now or in the future.  This dysfunction is generally the cause of the pain.  (Just like flexing your arm for a second is comfortable, but flexing it for 2-3 minutes starts to hurt; having to hold the teeth together in a poor position will cause pain in the muscles.)

“If you experience headaches, facial pain, neck, shoulder and back pain, jaw pain, sore or worn teeth, chipped or broken teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw or limited jaw movement, it could be due to TMD, a treatable condition” states trained neuromuscular dentist Dr. Evetta Shwartzman of Canton, MA.  

In addition to pain, TMD can cause grinding of the teeth and breathing problems and sleep disorders.  Traditional training in dentistry and dental schools does not include the science to be able to understand, evaluate and balance the muscles; so not every dentist understands the key role they play in helping treat so many people suffering with pain; advanced neuromuscular training is critical in being able to resolve the chronic pain.